England supporters have had their say - over three-quarters of fans believe that the England team should go back to playing their home games at various locations throughout England rather than at Wembley, as the new national stadium lacks atmosphere and is affecting the team’s performance.
In research of 1,476 sports fans, www.Wheresthematch.com has found that 76% believe that England should play their home games at constantly changing Premier League venues throughout the country, similarly to when Wembley was being built. 81% of fans felt that the new Wembley lacks atmosphere, which is adversely affecting the team’s performance.
When England played Kazakhstan at Wembley in the World Cup Qualifier earlier on in the month, a player mistake led to a dramatic, ‘reality TV’ style ‘booing’ reaction, which the majority of fans do not condone, according to the research.
Just 11% of fans believe that they ‘have the right’ to boo and react to the players negatively, whilst 83% agree that heckling mistakes will have a negative effect on the team’s performance.
Wes Lewis, co-director of www.Wheresthematch.com, which in partnership with www.ITV.com gives users the chance to report on games, had the following to say,
“When Wembley was being built the national team went on the road to play matches in front of full houses and constant cheering, but now the players play to a half-empty stadium at Wembley. This is because so many seats are taken up by corporate boxes and so many people spend their time in the bar and restaurants and not in the stands cheering on the team.
“We should not be encouraging this ‘Britain’s Got Talent-esque’ crowd bullying, given that the crowd at the game should give the team a morale boost, not the other way around.
“Of course, people pay for the right to watch the team, but they need to ask themselves – ‘Should I be booing team mistakes, which will in turn lead to further mistakes, or should I get behind the players and help them to the result that both they and I want?’ It is obvious that it is the minority in this case, but we cannot condone this behaviour, otherwise a new generation of spectator will emerge that will be detrimental to the success of the team.”
www.WherestheMatch.com offers users a simple, free service from which they can view the television schedule for football, rugby union, rugby league and cricket teams for the next 7 or 31 days, detailing the teams involved, when the sport will be on TV, at what time the match starts, and on which channel they can watch it.
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